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Area Contact Information

2945 S. Brentwood / St. Louis, MO 63144
Phone: 314-961-7755 / Fax: 314-961-0660 
Area Staff:
  Amanda Castetter, Development Manager  /  Jocelyn Diehl, Program Director  /  Stacey Koeller, Regional Development Director  /  Jennifer Krumm, Development Coordinator  /  Amber Young, Program Outreach Coordinator  /    

Counties served:
Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Louis County (SSD) and Warren

Do you have dinner plans for Thursday, February 23rd?  Why not support your local St. Louis County police officers by dining at Texas Roadhouse (1220 South Kirkwood Rd.) from 4 pm - 9 pm.  This is a unique event where officers will serve you, all while collecting donations for the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri.

Support the Lake St. Louis Polar Plunge by eating at Chipotle (O'Fallon location) on February 4th from 10:45 am - 10 pm.  50% of proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Missouri when you show your cashier this flyer.

Plunge like there's no mañana!

This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters that Missouri has to offer.  The St. Louis area is proud to host 2 Polar Plunges for your friends and family.  You must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 4th (Lake St. Louis) and Saturday, February 25th (Maryland Heights).  Don't wait...join the fiesta today!  Visit our main website at www.somo.org/plunge for more information.


Nov. 22, 2016

We are currently in search of two program interns in the St. Louis area! If you have interest, visit our internship page for full details and contact Jocelyn Diehl at diehl@somo.org to apply by Dec. 23.

July 26, 2016

Special Olympics Missouri is proud to be the charity of choice for the 2016 Glo Run taking place on Friday, August 19 at Forest Park. As a for-profit healthy entertainment event, the organizers of the Glo Run want to give back to Special Olympics Missouri.

"We love the opportunity to help raise funds for and provide exposure to the charities we work with. We have helped to raise over $100,000 for partner charities and we encourage all participants to be a part of the giving and donate during registration." - Glo Run staff

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Glo Run website. We need at least 35 volunteers in order to receive $1,000 from the organization, so all of your help is appreciated. A sign in sheet will be provided the day of the event. Please be sure to mention that you are volunteering on behalf of Special Olympics Missouri. A list of volunteer job descriptions can be located here. Volunteers can also sign up through SOMO's volunteerhub, but you will also have to sign up with the Glo Run form seen above.

You are also encouraged to sign up for the event! The theme for the event this year is the 80's. So whether you volunteer, or participate, we hope you join us in bringing awareness to the great cause of Special Olympics Missouri.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Krumm at krumm@somo.org.




Annual Statewide Tip-A-Cop Events!

June 29th, 2016

The St. Louis Metro Area is proud to announce more than a dozen upcoming Tip-A-Cop events for the month of July! Police Officers from across the state will be serving customers at a variety of restaurants in our area, including Culvers, Llywelyn's, Earth City Grill & Pub, and many more. The tips from these events will help to support the 15,000 Special Olympics athletes in Missouri as they train and compete in athletic competitions throughout our state. Come out and have some fun by supporting our athletes and dining at a participating restaurant near you!

For a full list of participating restaurants, dates and times, please visit our St. Louis Metro Area calendar for the month of July.

A special thanks to all of the participating Law Enforcement agencies for their continuous support.

Special Olympics Athletes Invited to St. Louis Ambush!

February 26, 2016


St. Louis Ambush invited Special Olympics Missouri to Friday night's game in honor of former goalie, and current goalie coach, Jamie Swanner (pictured in a black button-down below). SOMO soccer players from Ft. Zumwalk teams and their families got to sit in the end zone during the game. They also received special "Keepers Korner" t-shirts, and went on the field for an autograph session with Jamie Swanner after the game. They had a wonderful time!








February 3, 2016

An all new Cheer Team has joined SOMO! Introducing SOMO Shine!

We are excited and proud to announce that we now have a cheer team in our SOMO family! These athletes have been working hard at practices to be able to show off their talent at different events and games. SOMO Shine consists of many of our Special Olympics athletes who are energetic and ecstatic to perform for their friends, family, and fans all around the area.

SOMO Shine has already made a few appearances (see photos below) since starting this new team, but if you would like, come support our athletes as they would love to see you in the crowd cheering them on! Below you will find a list of future performances.


2/11 -6:45pm at Oakville High School


2/19 – 7:15pm at Lindbergh High School


2/24- 7:30pm Rockwood Summit High School




2016 St. Louis Metro Area Basketball Tournament

January 23, 2016

January 23, 2016, Special Olympics held the 2016 Area Basketball Tournament. This tournament took place in the Wright City and Warrenton areas, adding up to eight different venues. Each gym was filled with eager athletes, cheerful volunteers, and proud families and friends.

The Area Basketball tournament accumulated about 750 athletes who were all very excited and ready to play basketball all day. Athletes came from the Central Area, Southeast Area, as well as the St. Louis Area for a day filled with competition, family, and friends. Volunteers as well as family and friends were rarely seated during the many games as they were cheering on their friends and family on the court.

Events at this tournament included 3-on-3, 5-on-5, individual skills, and team skills. Each venue had games and events ranging from early morning to mid-evening with athletes who were focused and ready to compete. During this competition, athletes were awarded by many special volunteers, such as police officers from different areas. The athletes enjoyed taking pictures and visiting with the many volunteers for the day. All in all, it was a day filled with comradery, love, and support all around.



2015 Area Spring Games 

April 25, 2015

Over 400 athletes registered for the Area Spring Games at Westminster High School. It took nearly 600 volunteers that helped make this event happen. The athletes had fun dressing up in 80s themed attire while playing the games. The Special Olympics staff encouraged athletes and volunteers to use the hashtag, #ASGRocks so that anyone could share their photos of the event.


Play Unified

May 11, 2015


St. Louis Area held its first fully unified tack meet at Sullivan High School. Each athlete was paired with a unified buddy. The athletes got to spend the day with their unified partner and got to enjoy their time running together. The purpose of Play Unified is to help individuals with and without intellectual disabilities join each other in playing sports. Play Unified helped not only promote playing games together, but it also helped promote an end to using the r-word for good.


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The St. Louis Metro Area - Bocce Tournament took place on September 7th at Hillsboro High School.
Several students from Hillsboro High School willingly volunteered their time alongside their teachers.  A few of the students had volunteered for the event the previous year.  Despite whether or not they had previously volunteered, everyone in attendance was eager to learn and help in any way necessary in order to make sure the event ran smoothly - which it did indeed.
The students and teachers from Hillsboro High School were able to work closely with the athletes and coaches competing.  Several of the duties included keeping score and making sure the rules of the game were being enforced.  When questions or concerns were brought forth, the volunteers were polite and flexible.  Therefore, they were able to quickly address those in charge in order to relay the most accurate information.
One of the most important duties assigned was to have fun while cheering on the athletes, though.  The athletes fed off of the positive attitudes which were being displayed by the volunteers.  They were able to utilize the positive attitudes which contributed to the their hard work and determination on the field.  Ultimately, the athletes' hard work and determination was due to the countless hours spent preparing for competition.  However, volunteering has the ability to impact the lives of others in a positive way and it was evident that it occurred at this event.  
The Special Olympics Missouri staff is very appreciative and grateful for the relationships being built amongst the Hillsboro High School volunteers.  We hope to see even more students and teachers volunteering - not only for the St. Louis Metro Area - Bocce Tournament next year, but also for other volunteer opportunities in the near future.
Thank you Hillsboro High School!
If you'd like to volunteer for events like this, please check out our volunteer page.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 10:45:00 AM

SOMO Athletes Bat Against SILL at Celebrity Softball Tournament


For the second year, Special Olympics Missouri has been invited to compete against Special Olympics Illinois in a special game proceeding the Coach Fisher Celebrity Softball Game, hosted by the St. Louis Rams.  The Ft. Zumwalt Crush, also competing for a softball slot for the 2015 World Games, battled against the Beverly Farm Blue Jays from Illinois at the GCS Ballpark on Sunday, June 8.

Celebrities included St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, current Rams players, cheerleaders and of course Rampage, the St. Louis Rams mascot. Former St. Louis Rams cheerleader and top 10 finalist on The Voice, Tess Boyer was on hand to sing the national anthem.

This is an exciting benefit to our partnership with the St. Louis Rams!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:29:00 PM

Maryville University Basketball Game

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Above is a picture from the Maryville game that was played on March 27 after the Maryville women’s game and before the men’s game. Over 1,600 fans jammed the arena. Maryville waived the usual $5.00 admission charge, and asked fans to donate whatever amount they wished to Special Olympics. If anyone did donate, Maryville gave them a choice of a free t-shirt, rally towel, or bobble head. All at Maryville were great hosts for Special Olympics, and they went above and beyond with the offer of free Maryville merchandise if someone made a donation.


The crowd was extra loud for the athletes while they played, and gave huge ovations as each basket was made. It was a great night for our athletes and a great night for Maryville University and its fans. We put on a great show, and so did they.


Monday, March 10, 2014 3:42:00 PM

NextStep Athletes are on the Ball


NextStep for Life basketball players had the honor of participating in exhibition games at Northwest High School and De Soto High School in between their JV and Varsity basketball games. This allowed them to show off their basketball skills in a short scrimmage and promote NextStep for Life and Special Olympics Missouri. The 10-minute exhibition play sends such a powerful message to communities about the abilities of our Special Olympics athletes.

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Terri Dallas, Program Coordinator for Leisure Services at NextStep for Life said, "I am blessed with many amazing memories of our participants but these events allow our athletes to bless others with amazing memories as well. Thank you to our players for their positive influence and to our volunteer coaches for their great support and encouragement they give to our athletes."

Kim Kingsland is the De Soto High School Girls’ Head Basketball Coach and felt the strong impact as well. "Absolutely one of the best nights of basketball I have ever witnessed. It wasn’t about winning and losing last night, it was about courage, perseverance, teamwork and a winning attitude. I was truly blessed to be a part of our Special Olympics’ basketball game. The student body, staff, and spectators will have a wonderful memory of watching not only our De Soto High School Special Olympics athletes but also the NextStep for Life athletes play and enjoy the game of basketball. The spectators were hands down the best."

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Want to bring an event like this to your school? Contact St. Louis Program Outreach Manager Aimee Loyet at 314-961-7755 or at Loyet@somo.org.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:58:00 PM


Matt Krippel, 43, of Columbia, IL, was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Krippel was presented with the Special Athlete of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to Special Olympics Missouri – St. Louis Metro Area and the St. Louis sports community at the induction ceremony at the Millennium Hotel – St. Louis on November 20. This is the third year the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame has honored a Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) athlete with its prestigious Special Athlete of the Year award.

Matt Krippel has been involved with Special Olympics Missouri since the age of 9, but at the age of 43, he is having a banner year in 2013.  He competes in basketball, track & field and softball on a yearly basis, but this January was selected as the only athlete from the St. Louis Metro Area to attend the 2013 Special Olympics World Games in South Korea, representing Team USA in alpine skiing.  After practicing his skills at Hidden Valley in Wildwood, Krippel won a silver medal in the Advanced Slalom competition, and a gold medal in the Super G competition in PyeongChang, South Korea. 

Krippel is also very involved in his community, employed by the local Market Place grocery store, an assistant to the Columbia High School football and soccer teams, and a helper with the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. 

Monday, November 25, 2013 11:15:00 AM

October Bowling Tournament

Bowling season is underway as the tournaments commence
across the state, wrapping up in December.
Please enjoy the photos below from one of our St. Louis bowling
competitions on October 26th.
If you'd like to volunteer for events like this,
please check out our
volunteer page.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:50:00 PM

da-com Supports Area Spring Games

We are pleased to announce that da-com has renewed their partnership and
contributed $10,000 to Special Olympics,
with $5,000 going to Missouri & Illinois Area Spring Games.
We appreciate all they have done for our athletes,
and we are very thankful for their continuous support!

Da-Com 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:08:00 PM

Polar Plunge Registration is Open!

This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your
bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by
walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters
that Missouri has to offer.

Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Various police departments, highway patrols, correctional centers and other law enforcement agencise around the state are proud to host this event.

There are TWO plunges in the St. Louis area: Lake St. Louis on February 1 & Maryland Heights on February 22. Register here:  https://somo.org/plunge

Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Clayton PD 5k: Register & Volunteer!

Join us in this annual event that has become a staple in the Clayton community! Together with the St. Louis Track Club, the Clayton Police Department is once again hosting a 5k to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.

To learn more about the event and to register, please visit the following link: http://www.stlhalfmarathon.org/

To volunteer for the run and help make it a success, please click on this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CA4AA22A4FA7-stlouis

This is a great opportunity for individuals wanting to get a few hours of community service and contribute to a great event, great city, and a great organization.

Questions? Visit the links above or contact Benay Hicks, Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Missouri at hicks@somo.org or 314-961-7755.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:03:00 AM

STLM Bocce Tournament

The STLM Bocce Tournament took place at Hillsboro High School on September 15. The coaches, Athletes, volunteers, and fans all had an amazing day! Please enjoy the photos below:

Our coaches preparing for the tournament
(become a coach! https://somo.org/CoachInfo#Become):

The coaches and athletes ready for the day.

Our volunteers learning how to play/judge bocce
(become a volunteer!https://somo.org/Volunteer):

Our amazing volunteers for the day learning how to play bocce.

Some of the bocce Unified Sports teams
(learn about Unified Sports! https://somo.org/Volunteer#UnifiedSports):

More unified teams -- contact us if you want to learn how to be a unified partner!

Three unified teams kissing their medals.

Proud bocce players:

Some of the amazing bocce women.


Proudly displaying their medals.

Monday, September 16, 2013 2:49:00 PM